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Dhindsa emerges out of his father’s shadow

Dhindsa emerges out of his father’s shadow

Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5

“I have my father’s blessings. And that is all that matters to me,” says Parminder Singh Dhindsa, the SAD candidate for the Sangrur parliamentary seat. Campaigning for a fortnight now, his candidature was officially announced by the party today.

Dhindsa will not have his father Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, an aggressive campaigner, by his side this time. Orchestrating his campaign on his own, he will, in a way, come of age as a politician. For years seen as a “reluctant” politician, his decision to enter the poll fray against his father’s advice will see him emerge out of his father’s shadow. 

 “My father put forth his perspective,  and I respect him for that. He is confident that I am politically wise enough to make my own decisions. He wishes nothing but the best for me,” he says.   

Dhindsa Senior, a Rajya Sabha member and Padma Bhushan recipient, quit party posts last year, expressing displeasure over the manner in which party affairs were being run by Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal. 

The party has picked Parminder Dhindsa for the Sangrur seat, earlier held by his father (2004-2009), who was defeated by AAP’s Bhagwant Mann by over two lakh votes in 2014. Parminder Dhindsa has been elected MLA four times from Sunam (2000, 2002, 2007 and 2012) and from Lehragaga (2017), both of which fall in the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency. In the last Assembly polls, when the SAD was routed, he had won with a margin of 27,000 votes. Hence, he is seen by his party as the best bet against Bhagwant Mann.

“We will do much better this time. The people of Sangrur will judge me by the development agenda that I have pursued all through my political career. They have elected me five times as MLA and know me as somebody committed to their welfare. That will be my biggest asset,” he told  The Tribune.  

On being fielded against the formidable Mann, he replied nonchalantly: “In any election, every opponent is formidable till the last vote is cast.”

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